One of the few good things about this perpetual sun is that we do get year-round produce in Arizona. I love my farmer’s market. It’s no Pike Place in Seattle, but it has just the right amount of local vendors to keep me happy. I know them by first name, and they me. They remember what I like and always give me a little extra. However, I miss it terribly. Since Sage was born I haven’t been as often as I like. And it is only open one day a week. Getting coordinated and remembering to go each Sunday doesn’t always work out.
So we’ve had to improvise. After a few weeks of disappointed shopping at the grocery store, I finally found an online produce delivery service. All the goods are local (within a days drive), in season, organic, and fresh. The best part is that you can trade out items from your basket that you have too much of or don’t like. They also supply local breads, pastas, spices and household items. For a slow-food cooking mama of two this is really handy. You can choose different size baskets, fruit only, veggie only or even create your own. For a while I was making ‘green smoothie’ baskets with just fruit and greens. If you’re struggling to get enough fruits and veggies, look for a local delivery service. A quick google search turns up tons of sites. I know they are out there, we had tons in Washington. And seriously if Arizona does it, your state’s got to.
Here are a few more places to start your search:
Know of any other tips for busy cooks with busy kitchens?